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Do your pets have an ear for music?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Casting Thunder, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. Casting Thunder

    Casting Thunder

    Oct 7, 2012
    My dogs appear to like Joan Jett fronted songs. I've seen both of them wag their tails in time with with songs like Cherry Bomb and I Love Rock & Roll on totally different occasions while asleep. (It should be noted that I rarely play this stuff.)

    My husky hates loud noises like thunder, but has never been bothered by my amp which I'm rather surprised by. I decide to noodle around plugged in yesterday, so I walk into my bedroom and find my husky on my bed. She's not supposed to be up there, but I let it slide. She's watching me, waiting for me to tell her off but I just noodle. I accidentally play three or four sour notes in a row and the dog jumps up and gives me this look like "Really, this is how you're telling me to git?" I go back to playing properly and the dog lays down again.

    Anyone else have stories like this, other than 'my cat loves my bass' case?
  2. We had a cat that would hang in the room whenever I plucked the double bass. It just dawned on me that she only started doing that very late in life and was likely completely deaf
  3. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Not sure but my cat loves laying on my amp when I play.
  4. ebick


    Sep 3, 2013
  5. icecycle66


    Feb 4, 2009
    My beagle, who was raised on metal, will run to my room and start howling/baying when I'm playing loud and droney.

    He'll run TO my room to start singing. I have a few recordings with him on it.
  6. BBox Bass

    BBox Bass Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2011
    NW Pennsylvania
    Like the OP's dog, my cat Hartley Peavey is afraid of thunder. However, he loves to hang out in the basement during band practice. I named him the day I got him, but did not learn of his love of music until about a month later. He also likes squashing himself up against instruments when they're sitting on the couch. Here's a picture of him hanging out with a T20 I was photographing for an Ebay auction. Orville Gibson is in the background.

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  7. russpurdy


    Apr 16, 2013
    My lab/collie Charlie used to howl when I would play blues scales on guitar and bend certain notes.

    Currently he howls when I do sound checks on my PA

    Check 1...2. Awooooooooo...... And so on haha
  8. blastoff99


    Dec 17, 2011
    SW WA
    The greyhound (RIP) would howl if we started to sing anything. The current beast, a border collie / cattle dog cross, seems to like bass playing. However, he totally freaks whenever I get out my soprano recorder, much less start to play it. So I quit.

    We are trying to teach him to howl. It's not working so well. He tries hard.
  9. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    My pug is completely indifferent to music of all sorts. He doesn't care if I play myself either - but when I whip out the sax he gets the hay out of earshot lol. I would too.
  10. My corgi will only listen to me for a few minutes before he leaves the room. :meh:
  11. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    My dog either leaves the room or puts her head on my arm so I can't play.
  12. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola

    Jan 26, 2013
    i was in a metal band and when we practiced she would go apepoopie and jump around leaping like an antelope! it was funny to watch. german sheppard :hyper:
  13. Not sure, but everytime I start practicing, they both have to go out. "BROWN NOISE" perhaps!
  14. peabody


    Oct 31, 2002
    La Crosse, WI
    Back in the old days of vinyl, my friend and I would spend a lot of time at his house listening to albums (on his parents Magnavox console stereo). For some reason, out of the hundreds of songs we listened to, whenever "La Grange" by ZZ Top would play, his dog would have a fit and start howling. I'm not sure why, because no other songs had that effect.
    This makes me think about when my son was young and we watched Sesame Street together. Every once in awhile Little Richard would appear on the show. Whenever he came on, my son would start crying....but I guess I can understand that....
  15. avvie


    Oct 12, 2010
    Maui, HI
    I once had a cat who liked Frank Zappa. She'd park in front of the speakers when I played Sheik Yerbouti or Tinseltown Rebellion. Dunno why.
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  16. we have a pug - he doesn't care when I play bass, but when I play my acoustic guitar he looks at me with this bored, indifferent kind of look. Come to think of it, that's pretty much how he looks at me all the time...
  17. Not sure if the cat actually enjoys music, but he certainly loves messing with the metronome when I practice, and oddly enough manages to randomly change time signatures....That cat is a surprisingly good bass teacher.
  18. johnpbass


    Feb 18, 2008
    Glen Mills, PA
    My parents have a cat that loves to hear my Dad playing piano. She comes into his practice space and lays about 10 feet from him, tail going back and forth. Very cool to see.
    On the other hand, my dog will not let me play bass uninterupted. He gets down low to the ground and barks his head off. He's part Beagle so the bark is annoyingly loud!
    Maybe he's trying to tell me something!:(
  19. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    there was this r and b song about a bad girl that used to get played a lot in LA on the hip hop station, and my pit would get all excited, because she thought they were singing to her
  20. rapidfirerob

    rapidfirerob Fusion rules!

    Highly evolved!